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26 March 2019, UN Headquarters

Opening remarks at press encounter on Cyclone Idai

Ladies and Gentlemen of the media. Thank you very much for your presence.

Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi have suffered one of the worst weather-related catastrophes in the history of Africa. 
 
In an already intense storm season, Tropical Cyclone Idai delivered a direct, one-two punch of wind and flooding across a vast area long experiencing poverty and drought.
 
We have all seen the heartbreaking images: